Social entrepreneurship in the United Arab Emirates: challenges and recommendations

Abdo, Deena and Paris, Cody Morris (2017) Social entrepreneurship in the United Arab Emirates: challenges and recommendations. International Journal of Sustainable Society, 9 (1) . pp. 41-60. ISSN 1756-2538 [Article] (doi:10.1504/IJSSOC.2017.10006593)

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The purpose of this study is to explore current challenges facing social entrepreneurs in the United Arab Emirates, and provide recommendations that can contribute to the development of the growing and vibrant community of social entrepreneurs in the UAE. The UAE is a recognized regional and global leader in supporting innovation and entrepreneurship. Recognizing this, this study seeks to contribute thoughtful insights that can help the UAE embrace social entrepreneurship and further act as a catalyst to push social entrepreneurship forward within the wider region. Based on primary interviews with key informants, several key challenges were identified related to a lack of institutional support a lack of social and cultural awareness regarding social entrepreneurship within the UAE. Further challenges include a lack of clear benchmarks related to monitoring and measuring social impact. Overall, the challenges identified highlighting the need for more government and institutional support, as well as a stronger link between the corporate sector, academia, and the social enterprise sector.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Law > Law and Politics
Item ID: 23110
Notes on copyright: This is the accepted manuscript of an article published by Inderscience in the International Journal of Sustainable Society available in final form at
Depositing User: Cody Paris
Date Deposited: 06 Dec 2017 17:00
Last Modified: 29 Nov 2022 20:42

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